New left-wing coalition begs Tribune Company: Don’t sell the LA Times to the Koch brothers

posted at 5:21 pm on May 8, 2013 by Allahpundit

We’ve reached the point now where they have to buy the paper if only out of spite, right? They’ve spent the last three or four years as the left’s Emmanuel Goldstein. They must be enjoying the infantile histrionic angst at the prospect of them chipping off a piece of liberals’ media monopoly. Even if there’s a boycott of the paper, which of course is what this “coalition” is preparing to galvanize, it’d be worth it to them for the larfs.

Two fun facts about the coalition. One: It insists that a media outlet owned by “intensely partisan activists could not be trusted to provide an honest account of a wide variety of issues that are of vital importance to the public.” Two: One of the coalition members is Daily Kos.

Millions of Americans rely on the news outlets currently operated by the Tribune Company to provide them with accurate, unbiased information about pressing issues in their communities and around the world. Ownership by two of the most influential and radical right wing ideologues in the country will skew trusted news sources to further their interests and debase our democracy.

Any news outlet owned by such intensely partisan activists could not be trusted to provide an honest account of a wide variety of issues that are of vital importance to the public. The Koch brothers have worked for years to benefit their bottom line at the expense of the everyday Americans. They have donated millions to organizations and politicians that deny climate change[i], attack campaign-spending limits[ii], dismantle worker’s rights[iii], promote discriminatory voter ID laws[iv], restrict access to health care[v], and increase income inequality[vi]. In doing so, the Koch brothers have shown a willingness to repeatedly and egregiously mislead the public. Allowing them control of important, respected newspapers to further their agenda will make an honest public discourse on these, and many other important issues, impossible.

We already know what happens to news coverage when the ideology of an owner is placed over informing the public. This sale would create another Rupert Murdoch, and make papers like the LA Times and Chicago Tribune look more like Fox News and the New York Post.

You know what that last line is about. I clicked over to FoxNews.com and LATimes.com to compare what’s happening on their respective home pages today. Here’s Fox:

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And here’s the LAT:

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It’s not the taco story that’s truly classic there, as irresistible as it is. It’s the predictable “partisan politics as usual” spin on the Benghazi hearings, as if a diplomat’s sworn testimony about being told by his superiors in the Democratic-run State Department not to talk to investigators across the aisle about the attack is some sort of boring talking-points recitation. God, if you’re up there, hear a humble atheist’s prayer: Please don’t let the Koch brothers interfere with magical journalism like that.

By the way, how’s that LA Times staff walkout going? We’ve heard repeatedly that mass newsroom resignations might be coming if the Kochs’ tentacles envelop the Times. Seems to me that promises from those staffers, in writing, that they’ll quit if the sale is made are in order. How about it? Let’s see the “impartial” media clerics of the Times’s masthead put their money where their mouths are.


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Daily Kos, bphphphwaaahahahaaaa.

jake49 on May 8, 2013 at 5:23 PM

Yes, please don’t buy them. How else are we not going to not find out about Benghazi?

crrr6 on May 8, 2013 at 5:24 PM

Agreed. Imagine if the Kochs owned that paper, there would be daily stories about their support of gay marriage which liberals hate with a passi….er…hold on, let me work this out.

Bishop on May 8, 2013 at 5:25 PM

Mmmmmmmmm, tacos.

iurockhead on May 8, 2013 at 5:31 PM

Remember when “liberal” meant someone who advocated for a free and unfettered press and who actually believed in the American notions of freedom of conscience and thought? Me either.

RobertE on May 8, 2013 at 5:34 PM

Rupurt Murdoch is conservative?

Cindy Munford on May 8, 2013 at 5:34 PM

Regional story?

Axeman on May 8, 2013 at 5:35 PM

Hey, “Coalition” members:

Projection much?

Expressing concern about potential gross mischaracterization of the news by……grossly mischaracterizing the Koch brothers’ political activities, is kind of ironic, isn’t it?

iurockhead on May 8, 2013 at 5:35 PM

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avagreen on May 8, 2013 at 5:37 PM

Interesting, that only the Koch brothers are willing buy it.

Obviously, no rich liberal wants the thing.

Liam on May 8, 2013 at 5:38 PM

Nothing can be allowed to pierce the libubble.

tom daschle concerned on May 8, 2013 at 5:45 PM

Why is the purchase taking so long? How much longer until the Koch’s close the deal?

Raquel Pinkbullet on May 8, 2013 at 5:47 PM

where can I donate money to help the evil bros buy the rag?

SwabJockey on May 8, 2013 at 5:53 PM

“We’re for the little guy! The working man! We believe in jobs for everyone!”

-Hey, liberal, the Kochs want to buy the LA Times which will preserve hundreds of jobs that would be lost if the paper goes out of business.

“Uhhhhh….funemployment will allow them to explore new hobbies!”

Bishop on May 8, 2013 at 5:55 PM

Hey .. doesn’t the LATimes secret vault hold some kind of videotape that enquiring folks were curious about?

/.

CaveatEmpty on May 8, 2013 at 5:56 PM

a media outlet owned by “intensely partisan activists could not be trusted to provide an honest account of a wide variety of issues that are of vital importance to the public.”

Huh, imagine that.

squint on May 8, 2013 at 5:58 PM

LATimes just sent me a survey on whether or not I’d buy an app to read their paper. I told them only if they sold the paper to Koch Brothers. I wouldn’t have filled out the survey if not for the opportunity to do that.

earlgrey133 on May 8, 2013 at 5:58 PM

“Uhhhhh….funemployment will allow them to explore new hobbies!”

Bishop on May 8, 2013 at 5:55 PM

They’ll get 99 weeks to work on their cowboy poetry. There been a bonifide dearth of it!

tom daschle concerned on May 8, 2013 at 5:59 PM

The Koch’s buying the LAT would be the reality equivalent of Team America taking on the members of the Film Actors Guild. I am so looking forward to this takeover.

MTF on May 8, 2013 at 6:01 PM

I hope LAT gets a taxpayer bialout and then Hussein sells it to aljazeera for a few hundres dirhams.

burrata on May 8, 2013 at 6:01 PM

Raquel Pinkbullet on May 8, 2013 at 5:47 PM

Not wanting to be contentious; just wanting to complete the picture: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/05/08/Tea-Party-Express-Supported-Victorious-Sanford-GOP-Bosses-Abandoned-Him

davidk on May 8, 2013 at 6:03 PM

Easy solution: why doesn’t the ‘left-wing coalition’ come up with a better offer for LAT?

slickwillie2001 on May 8, 2013 at 6:04 PM

And for the record, Raquel, I was against Sanford in the primary (although my opposition didn’t count for much since I am in IL) but supported him against the chick.

I was against it before I was for it.

davidk on May 8, 2013 at 6:06 PM

Murdoch’s current wife is a flaming leftist. He’s influenced.

I’d love to see them threaten to quit, half of them, then stay on so they get bennies, the hypocritical swine who work there.

May Capitalism win and the shareholders go for the best offer.

Schadenfreude on May 8, 2013 at 6:11 PM

Personally, I hope the left shells out all their money to buy the Times out from under the Koch Brothers. It’s a lousy investment anyway, a losing proposition. Let them sink all their money into this black hole and lose a ton, just like Soros did supporting John Kerry.

This does, however, prove how desperate the left is to keep their lock on all the information sources. There isn’t a day goes by when I don’t thank God for Fox News.

bflat879 on May 8, 2013 at 6:13 PM

Maybe ‘the coalition’ is hoping someone will spring with some “stimulus” money to buy the Times.

Well you don’t expect any of them to put their money up, do you?

Maybe Soros or Buffett.

GarandFan on May 8, 2013 at 6:14 PM

oh the irony!! when will th non-biased LA Times release the 0bama fundraising video??

chasdal on May 8, 2013 at 6:17 PM

chasdal on May 8, 2013 at 6:17 PM

I wonder if that will remain the property of the paper if sold? I can’t believe it isn’t long gone.

Cindy Munford on May 8, 2013 at 6:20 PM

But then again, Raquel, there’s this:

David Burge ‏@iowahawkblog 21h

So who won, the adulterer or the mugshot?

davidk on May 8, 2013 at 6:21 PM

I love that picture…the bros deserve to wear those sheet-eating grins.

Suck it, ‘coalition.’

James on May 8, 2013 at 6:22 PM

Schadenfreude on May 8, 2013 at 6:11 PM

I bet he is and always has been a Leftist, he just took advantage of Roger Ailse’s idea of the other half of the country getting a non leftist view of the news.

Cindy Munford on May 8, 2013 at 6:23 PM

By the way, how’s that LA Times staff walkout going? We’ve heard repeatedly that mass newsroom resignations might be coming if the Kochs’ tentacles envelop the Times. Seems to me that promises from those staffers, in writing, that they’ll quit if the sale is made are in order. How about it? Let’s see the “impartial” media clerics of the Times’s masthead put their money where their mouths are.

They’re liars by trade and desire. Expecting them to have any kind of principles or standards is folly. This was just them posturing for the peanut gallery and perhaps a first shot at any kind of severance package.

Or they know they’ll get canned upon purchase and an attempt at salvaging what they think is their dignity.

kim roy on May 8, 2013 at 6:25 PM

New left-wing coalition begs Tribune Company: Don’t sell the LA Times to the Koch brothers

More popcorn, please.

Very yummy!

Bruno Strozek on May 8, 2013 at 6:29 PM

I want to see that Obama Video that the LA Times has been keeping under wraps. the Koch brothers should buy it just to get that. :-)

Greg Q on May 8, 2013 at 6:37 PM

as if the lib reporters will last that long anyway.

joeindc44 on May 8, 2013 at 6:41 PM

Not wanting to be contentious; just wanting to complete the picture: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/05/08/Tea-Party-Express-Supported-Victorious-Sanford-GOP-Bosses-Abandoned-Him

davidk on May 8, 2013 at 6:03 PM

I’m not understanding your point… ?

Raquel Pinkbullet on May 8, 2013 at 6:50 PM

Murdoch’s current wife is a flaming leftist. He’s influenced….

Schadenfreude on May 8, 2013 at 6:11 PM

..the poo-tang press?

KOOLAID2 on May 8, 2013 at 7:08 PM

Remember the McCarthy days when leftists pretended to hate black lists?

Grunt on May 8, 2013 at 7:17 PM

Murdoch’s current wife is a flaming leftist. He’s influenced….

Schadenfreude on May 8, 2013 at 6:11 PM

She’s a ChiCom. Murdoch’s sons (by a previous wife) are far-left too.

bw222 on May 8, 2013 at 7:18 PM

Two fun facts about the coalition. One: It insists that a media outlet owned by “intensely partisan activists could not be trusted to provide an honest account of a wide variety of issues that are of vital importance to the public.” Two: One of the coalition members is Daily Kos.

Heh. Common Cause and Kos. If liberal nitwits like these didn’t already exist, we’d have to invent them…for our own evil entertainment.

Jaibones on May 8, 2013 at 7:37 PM

These good ol’ left wing Marxists are not satisfied with control of 95% of the enemedia. They think it is unfair that it should drop to 92%. In fact, they would like to get rid of Fox and make it 99% of the enemedia. This is an interesting confirmation of the inability of their programs and arguments and doubtful political election tricks to stand up to scrutiny.

In fact, if you want to give all these bums heart attacks, bring back the special prosecutors like Nixon and Clinton had. Of course, that would never get by the political fellow travellers in the senate. Note: Republicans in the senate voted for a special prosecutor for Nixon. There is NO, I REPEAT NO, Dhimocrapt fifth columnist senator that would EVER place his country before his/her political solidarity.

Old Country Boy on May 8, 2013 at 7:37 PM

Just a footnote, but the people who think that Rupert Murdoch is some kind of conservative should get out more. He’s nothing of the sort.

Jaibones on May 8, 2013 at 7:41 PM

Millions of Americans rely on the news outlets currently operated by the Tribune Company to provide them with accurate, unbiased information about pressing issues in their communities and around the world.

… and DKOS is one of the coalition members who are saying that agenda driven activist news sources are a danger.

You just can’t make stuff like this up. The Onion is now in direct competition with reality

AZfederalist on May 8, 2013 at 8:02 PM

Well. The front page of the LA Times has unexpectedly changed, and the replacement article, written by the same reporter who wrote Allahpundit’s “Partisan Politics” article is titled “Envoy Describes Night of Benghazi Attacks”.

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/middleeast/la-fg-benghazi-hearing-20130509,0,202296.story
and
http://discussions.latimes.com/20/lanews/la-fg-benghazi-hearing-20130509/10

The liberals were spinning heavily the “it’s Republicans trying to dig up Stevens’ grave” meme in the earlier article, and they are continuing in this one.

unclesmrgol on May 8, 2013 at 8:07 PM

Newspaper Ad Revenues Lowest in 62 Years

I guess the liberal coalition is hoping for an Obama bailout.

locomotivebreath1901 on May 8, 2013 at 9:36 PM

What makes the LA Times’s reporting and editorial staffs believe they will be allowed to keep their jobs should the Koch brothers purchased the paper?

theFantom on May 9, 2013 at 12:14 PM